Anger stemming from a 30-year-old religious clash in India that left thousands dead has crept into one of the closest and most expensive congressional races in the country.
During the first week of November 1984, an estimated 3,000 Sikhs were massacred in India’s capital. According to eyewitnesses and Indian human rights activists, the killings were organized by government officials and facilitated by police officials.
Here is a list of Top 10 Architects, who were involved with the massacre of thousands of Sikhs during November 1984, also remembered as Sikh Genocide.
1. Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi was the real mastermind of the Sikh genocide. Shortly after Rajiv Gandhi was sworn in, senior advocate and opposition leader, Ram Jethmalani, met Home Minister, P.V. Narasimha Rao and urged him to take immediate steps to save Sikhs from further attacks. Rajiv Gandhi did not even take calls from the President when he tried to get in touch with him to discuss the situation. However It was alleged that Rajiv Gandhi deliberately delayed in calling in the Army, a move which many believe could have saved the lives of many.
2. Arun Nehru
A close associate of Rajiv Gandhi and former MP Arun Nehru had granted approval for the massacre of Sikhs in Delhi. The whole operation was directed by Arun Nehru who usurped the functions of the home minister and ensured that 6000 Sikh policemen were disarmed and sent home from active duty in the afternoon of October 31 1984.
He was later rewarded as Minister Of Internal security and was largely responsible for draconian laws and genocidal policies which were implemented in Punjab against Sikh freedom fighters.
3. Amitabh Bachan
Credit of massacre of Sikhs in their genocide goes to AMITABH BACCHAN who provoked first of all on national TV DoorDarshan and spread violence all over India in 1984. He was the first to give such call before all other perpetrators of pogrom of 1984.
He said, “Sikhs had not only assassinated Indira Gandhi, they had killed the mother of the nation.”
He raised the slogan ‘Khoon ke chheente Indira ko marne walon ke gharon tak pahunchne chahiye (The bloodstains must reach the houses of those who killed Indira)’
4. Sajjan Kumar
Fall of 1984 – Known as the “Butcher of Punjab”, Sajjan Kumar allegedly incited Delhi anti-Sikh riots, instigated mob mayhem, and encouraged acts of Sikh genocide resulting in over 3,000 deaths. He led murderous mob killing and looting Sikhs in Delhi. He paid Rs. 100 and a bottle of liquor to each person involved in the killing.
5. Jagdish Kapoor Tytler
October 31, 1984 – Accused as being a leader of the Delhi anti-Sikh riots, Jagdish Kapoor Tytler, allegedly involved in a criminal conspiracy to incite genocide. The 2000 investigation by the Nanavati Commission officially reported the finding of credible evidence, unsupported by concrete evidence, which resulted in failure to prosecute.
Surinder Singh, the head granthi of Gurdwara Pulbangash, said in a sworn affidavit in January 2002 that Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, then the local MP, led the mob that had attacked his gurdwara.
6. Lalit Maken
Lalit Maken, Congress(I) trade union leader and metropolitan councilor. Reportedly paid the mobsters Rs.100 each plus a bottle of liquor.
A white Ambassador car reportedly belonging to him came four times to the GT Road area near Azadpur. Instructions to mobs indulging in arson were given from inside the car.
7. HKL Bhagat – Former Minister of state (Information and Broadcasting) and senior member of Indian National Congress party.
In 1984, HKL Bhagat was Member Parliament (Lok Sabha) Constituency ‘East Delhi’, Delhi. During the “84′ Sikh Genocide”, HKL Bhagat led murderous mob killing and looting Sikhs in Delhi.
He personally went to Shahdara Thana, Gandhi Nagar Police station to get miscreants of “84′ Sikh Genocide” released. Bhagat had led a group of 15 people and told crowds of his supporters to kill Sikhs. One witness Balbir Kaur saw Bhagat inciting a crowd of 5,000 people.
Other witnesses have recorded how Bhagat sought to force witnesses not to name him in the days following the massacre. He died in October 2005.
8. Kamal Nath – Senior member of Indian National Congress party.
In 1984, Kamal Nath was Member Parliament (Lok Sabha) Constitutency ‘Chhindwara’, Madhya Pradesh. During the “November 1984 Sikh Genocide”, Kamal Nath led mob that came to the Gurdwara Rakabganj, Delhi on November 1, 1984 and instructed the police to open fire on the Gurdwara Sahib,
where a large number of Sikhs were killed.
Under instructions of Kamal Nath, Police men present at the scene instead of preventing the attack, joined the attackers and fired several rounds at the Gurudwara Sahib
Sikhs burnt alive laid in critical condition in Kamal Nath’s presence and died due to lack of Medical Assistance
Police Commissioner Gautam Kaul verified Kamal Nath’s presence while the Gurudwara was attacked and Sikhs were burnt alive
“I had noticed that Mr.Kamal Nath was controlling the crowd and the crowd was looking to him for directions”, Senior Journalist Sanjay Suri in his statement before Nanavati Commission
9. Dharam Dass Shastri
In 1984, Dharam Das Shastri was Member Parliament (Lok Sabha) Constitutency, Karol Bagh, Delhi. During the “84′ Sikh Genocide”, he carried voters list with him at Prakash Nagar for identification of Sikhs.
He along with other Congress leaders tried to pressurize the SHO of Karol Bagh Police Station to release the persons who arrested during the police raids to recover looted property.
10. Bhajan Lal
Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhajan Lal Incited Killing of Sikhs in 1984 and organized the attacks on Sikhs in Haryana during November 1984.
Police commondos from Police headquarters Madhuban, Haryana on the orders of Bhajan Lal, the then Chief Minister of Haryana send to commit the massacre of Sikhs.